The DC Council Passes Two Legislations We Can Live With

The Ban the Box on Housing bill (B21-0706) passed late yesterday; the bill precludes a housing provider from making an inquiry about or requiring an applicant to disclose an arrest or criminal accusation which is not pending or did not result in a conviction prior to making a conditional offer of housing. It provides exceptions…

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Entrepreneur program to offer training, microloans to 50 ex-inmates in Detroit

The Aspire Entrepreneurship Initiative is a three-year, $2.1 million pilot project to connect former prisoners with entrepreneurship training and microloans. It is hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Battle Creek-based W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Justine Petersen, a St. Louis-based organization that helps low-income people with credit building and other financial needs.

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“Ban the Box” – California Employers Are Cautioned When Using Criminal Records in Hiring Decisions

By now, California employers are probably aware of the “Ban the Box” movement sweeping the nation. Lawmakers and government agencies aim to provide applicants with a fair chance at employment by eliminating conviction history inquiries in background checks, interviews, and applications. Over 100 cities and counties nationwide have adopted similar initiatives to prevent employers from…

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EJC Worker Advocate, Perry Redd, Testifies Before D.C. Council on Housing for Returning Citizens

In mid-July, the EJC voiced support of a bill to make it more difficult for housing providers in the District to discriminate against it’s citizens returning from incarceration after serving time in jail and/or prison.  The bill introduced by Judiciary Committee Chairman Kenyan McDuffie entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening for Housing Act of 2016,…

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A Life Sentence

On Monday, February 10, 2014, Councilmember Tommy Wells convened a hearing on the “Fair Criminal Records Screening Act of 2014”, otherwise known as the “Ban the Box bill”. This landmark bill, introduced on January 7, 2014, would remove barriers to gainful employment for returning citizens or people with arrest records. It would prohibit private employers…

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Tips for Job Hunting with a Criminal Record

The EJC frequently gets requests for tips for job-hunting with a criminal or arrest record. Looking for a job can be difficult, especially when you have a record that follows you to every interview. But here are some steps to take when you are looking for work. The first thing to do is request a…

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